Irish Country Estate near Centuries-Old Castles
Few spots in Europe feel as timeless as the Irish countryside. The craggy, untouched coastline and rolling meadows dotted with herds of sheep and the occasional crumbling castle seem to belong to a faraway past, as though the Industrial Revolution never managed to jump the Irish Sea. Sceptre Tours' luxury Ireland vacation package puts you in the heart of this storied landscape, within easy driving distance of the Emerald Isle's most iconic landmarks, including Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway Bay. The Ring of Kerry and the idyllic town of Killarney are also easily accessible by car. The vacation includes a six-night stay in a private, three-bedroom villa at the elegant Adare Manor Villas as well as roundtrip economy-class airfare to Dublin and a full-size car rental (with manual transmission) for the duration of your visit. Click here for more info on the trip and available upgrade options.
Set on a palatial 840-acre estate in the verdant Irish countryside, Adare Manor was built as a home for the second earl of Dunraven. The River Maigue flows past the grounds, which feature labyrinthine gardens and centuries-old forests. At the manor house, tangles of ivy cover stone walls punctuated by gothic columns and 365 cathedral-style windows. A scenic stroll from the manor house brings you to your private villa. Inside, you'll find a full kitchen and three spacious bedrooms outfitted with down comforters and elegant décor.
The estate's rolling hills make the perfect natural setting for the 18-hole golf course, which was designed by golf great Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Other onsite activities include whiskey tastings, archery, hot-air-balloon rides, and open-air speed readings of Finnegans Wake. After a day spent exploring the lost cottages and icehouse on the estate’s grounds, you can dine at one of the manor's restaurants, where chefs put a gourmet twist on local favorites such as fish 'n' chips and rack of lamb.
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